Here Comes Sunshine Beat It On Down The Line Loser Black Throated Wind They Love Each Other Cumberland Blues El Paso You Ain't Woman Enough Weather Report Suite Prelude -> Weather Report Suite Part -> Let It Grow
Playing In The Band -> Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo -> Big River -> Playing In The Band He's Gone -> Truckin' -> Wharf Rat -> Sugar Magnolia -> Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad -> One More Saturday Night
Some static in spots, which are most likely on the
master reel. It sounds like some sort of feed
problem. Present on several tracks in set 1. Once
you get past the first few minutes of playin',
its gone for good.
reel-change splices noted at 6:45 in Half Step, and at
7:50 in Wharf. All other flips fall harmlessly between
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January 19, 2021 Subject:
One of those one-of-a-kind shows ...
This is all great. From the very beginning of Here Comes Sunshine you get the full-on trip, with Billy's drums mixed way up high in the mix, then Phil, and then the vocals, and then it's just perfect.
"The bass mic on Parrish's side." "... the hybrid coil"
And a completely fcked BIOTDL beginning! But otherwise one of the best versions you'll ever hear with Bobby and Donna going at the vocals like they was truly feelin the "happy home" ... or maybe it was the most sarcastic version ever performed.
Bobby gives the baseball score and then the band decides to crawl down into the hell of Loser, one of the most difficult songs in the canon to "get into". I took a bathroom break, if you know what I mean.
Sir William K's drumming on Black Throated Wind is insane. He remembers the song better than Bob, it seems ... but good god listen to Bobby's wailing at the end!
Jerry answers with They Love Each Other, which is strangely tentative at first, but explodes as soon as Jerry shuts up and starts playin his guitar. But now "Keith's piano" starts making noise ... one begins to wonder if the entire crew hasn't been chemically sabatoged. In any event, it's clear that the band can hear it, too.
Tape stops and starts and stops again. And then Cumberland. More of those strange noises. They sound non-random and dissociated from the music the band is playing, like some 10 year old is twisting the "static knob" just to piss you off. Why? I have a bad feeling that someone might have known the answer to this question but that person's memory has dissolved into the tape hiss that miraculously remains attached to this "file."
El Paso comes out blazing and never lets up. And as if to prove the band's confidence they whip out "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man" and wipe the floor with it. Thank you! "I don't know where that leads you but I know where I've been!" The crowd at this point is pulverized into tiny atoms of rock. The perfect moment to drop one of the most intuitive versions of WRS->LetItGrow this side of Tempe into a gaping honeycomb of starved landlocked skullcups. "Gonna happen every time!!!" And somewhere during the last half of "Let it Grow" everyone finds that "Sunshine" groove again for five seconds, then it's taken away, and returned again in spades, hearts and diamonds. And then more crowd insanity.
From the Playin' on, it seems as if there is at least one member of the band that is off the reservation. Dropped something during the intermission? At some point during the second half of Playin' (after Big River), Phil's bass gets super huge and Phil himself seems to disappear down a very deep rabbit hole of high harmonics and feedback. Jerry brings him back into orbit with those familiar notes ... but the finale never touches down ... holy lord. The crowd goes nuts and Phil thanks them ... twice ...
But wait! There's more. He's Gone has great singing and a unique instrumental outro. An intensely sung and played Truckin follows, and somehow Keith (who's piano has sneezed electricity throughout the show) somehow seizes the wheel from the rest of the band and leads them to rock glory!!!
Wharf Rat is sublime, with Jerry singing some very strung out vocals. A Sugar Mag follows, somehow, off the voltage chart.
You can sense during the GDTRFB that they might finally be getting tired. Or maybe just Billy is. But of course they can't finish on a whimper ...
October 22, 2018 Subject:
Tame but sweet
Totally low key, down to earth affair featuring pleasant Jerry leads and vocals
May 8, 2016 Subject:
One of my favorite shows
In person it was a stellar show - Wake of the Flood had just been released and as always it was best to here some material live
December 18, 2013 Subject:
Middling show in the Midwest...
Here Comes Sunshine features a massive cut into the jam, and poor sound quality. The jam itself sounds like it was nice.
Beat It On Down The Line features a blown start, and then a blown momentum. Luckily, this is getting to the point where Donna is quite preggers and we won’t have to have a lot more of her in the coming shows.
Loser is super mellow. Near the end of the show the SQ gets weirded out, balances go into flux.
Black Throated Wind actually gets us back on track. The finale is especially solid.
They Love Each Other has us getting back to the level I’d like them to perform at after a less than ideal start to the show. We get some static in here.
Cumberland Blues gets us, finally, to where we need to be. Static continues. Jerry and the boys have fun on this one, again. X factor is achieved in here. You may just want to start the show from this point.
El Paso maintains the levels we have achieved.
You Ain't Woman Enough, the last one ever. I unceremoniously skipped it. If I had never heard this song I’d be better for it.
Weather Report Suite Prelude >Weather Report Suite Part > These two parts are played nicely, nothing special, it was rather structured of course, so not a lot of room for improvement.
Let It Grow is a bit slower than I’d like it as we hit the first verses. The jamming is nice, but overall they can do better.
Playing In The Band > Since it’s cut, we pretty much go into the jam sooner than we’re used to. 3 minutes in Jerry is on top of things, but the song isn’t driven. After the 4 minute mark we’re still on theme with focused PITB jamming from the boys, tempo is slow, Jerry is putting out beautiful notes while Keith keeps things calm but also beautiful behind him, and I really don’t hear much Bob. It falls into spaciness around 9 minutes in and
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo> appears as if a comet. Excellent playing in here from Jerry, he’s the star. There are faster tempo, more exciting versions, but this is a nice rendition that should be heard.
Big River> maintains tempo
Playing In The Band seems to come in after a cut. This portion is much more interesting than the first portion, perhaps having been juiced up by the ½ Step>River.
He's Gone> is a bit slow at start, but knowing they won’t put down the instruments again until the end of the show is pretty cool. It picks up some steam and the outro jam is nice, Jerry hitting some very high notes, and the blues tempo eases us into the beginning of
Truckin'> is exactly what we want from this era, a nice explosion, and settling into the common follower in
Wharf Rat> which is nothing spectacular.
Sugar Magnolia> This has a lot of energy, as usual, and a lot of Donna.
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad> starts off too slow for my liking, but finishes strong.
One More Saturday Night feels like they are kind of going through the motions.
The first set is rather a letdown. Plagued with sound issues and what not. Energy wasn’t there except on a few tunes (Cumberland and El Paso).
The second set is pretty interesting because it offers us two meat sequences! However, the energy is inconsistent once again. The highlight is Half-Step>Big River>PITB.
Overall, not a great show, much better within the time period.
July 25, 2013 Subject:
Outrageous & adventurous. Not totally clear recording, whatever.
October 23, 2011 Subject:
is the man. Fall '73 is really a time he shines. The entire show he ties the songs together with some great ass jazzy drumming. The rest of the band sure isn't slacking either.
The HCS, TLEO, Cumberland, El Paso, and WRS>LIG demonstrate all the band members talent as individuals and as a group throughout the first set. Bill and Phil really lay the base bones down for Keith to pound away on some amazing chords and key licks while Bob strums away and Jerry plays oh so sweetly.
The second set is even more fantastic than the first. Playin' > 1/2 Step > Big River > Playin'? DAMN! Certainly all amazingly played with some odd but pretty good transitions between songs. The show really peaked for me during the He's Gone > Truckin'. The jam in is suberb and the songs are played so well.
There's a little tape hiss but it's not too bad.
This is what Dead setlists are supposed to look like and this is how the Grateful Dead is supposed to sound. If you're looking for amazing Dead I will always highly suggest the Fall tour of 1973, always. And this show sure falls right into it ;)
November 18, 2010 Subject: